Monday, March 7, 2011

Rustic Contemporary...

I'm not sure if that's an actual design style, but that's what I'm calling the latest project: Rustic Contemporary. It's perfect for people who want clean lines and smooth design but also want warmth and relaxation. The Rustic Alder wood is the perfect palette for the "Harvest" stain (perfect name, huh!).

The shaker style door has nice, crisp lines and the crown is the perfect addition at the top. While the previous kitchen wasn't in disrepair, the last homeowners designed the kitchen with the least possible expense in mind just to be able to say the kitchen had been remodeled. The island wasn't even secured to the floor! Here's the before:

We went in, removed a wall and opened the kitchen to the dining room:

Doesn't the new kitchen look so inviting?

Now the family has a kitchen that is aesthetically pleasing and holds the entire family- all eight of them!



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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hickory in the kitchen...

I hope everyone had a great Labor day weekend!

We photographed a house last week and I was reminded just how much I love hickory. So I thought I would show you a very good example of this wood that isn't used as much as it could be.

Hickory is a beautiful wood that doesn't get much attention. The grain is very beautiful and can take a modern look when paired with a dark stain. Or like this kitchen, it gives a very light and clean appearance.



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Friday, August 27, 2010

Luscious laundry rooms

I don't know about you, but laundry is not one of my favorite chores. But if the atmosphere was more enjoyable, it wouldn't be quite so hard to drag myself into the laundry room. These rooms on the Ava Living website are enough to make anyone want to separate whites and darks and dig for missing socks...

Aren't they romantic? It's hard to imagine anything dirty going on here.
Just a little inspiration for your weekend!



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Thursday, August 19, 2010


We started a small remodel a few weeks ago. Instead of replacing all the cabinets and countertops, the client chose to take out a wall and install an island an open a few more walls. The rest of the kitchen and flooring will follow in a few years. This a good example of prioritizing and working within a set budget.

These days it's common for an island to be a different color than the rest of the cabinets so it won't stand out later that the project was done is phases.

Here's the before:

Here's the almost finished after:

Big difference!!!!!



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Here is the finished kitchen.

A view of the buffet.

Cooking/work area

Feet detail.

Pull-outs in the island around cooktop.

Detail of the tile.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Demo Underway...

The demolition is complete on the new kitchen remodel. Once the installation gets started, the whole thing will come together quickly. Here's the kitchen at the start of the project.

Here's a picture of the demo in progress.

Design Tip: When choosing your faucet, keep the sink in mind. Mono faucets, one handled designs, are becoming popular, but most sinks are still made with three or four holes for faucets. The mono faucets internal parts tend to be larger than the internals of a faucet with two separate handles. Make sure the faucet you choose will fit the sink you choose.

This is the faucet and soap dispenser made by Fusion Hardware, both in the brushed nickel finish, are the perfect complement to the Macadamia finish on the cabinets and the cabinet hardware.

More to come!!



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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A New Kitchen Remodel!

We have a new project starting in a few weeks! While we're waiting for everything to arrive and construction to start, I'll fill you in on what has been happening the past few weeks.

The client originally contacted us about refacing her existing cabinetry. She was getting new appliances and her cabinets were worn and the finish was coming off. While talking to her about the kitchen, she explained a few problem areas- like no trash can space in the kitchen and her new wall mount oven would not fit in the current cabinet. So I went back to the office and worked up a quote for replacing the cabinets. The client liked the price and decided to go ahead and remodel the entire kitchen.

So now we are replacing the cabinets, the sink and faucet, countertops and adding a new backsplash as well as replacing the laundry room cabinetry. The client picked a very nice raised panel, mitered door with an ivory finish ( named Macadamia, yummy! ). The island will be in a black finish. There is also a buffet area that will be in black with ivory bookcases on either side. The buffet will look like a piece of furniture. All the cabinets will have an arched skirt on the toe kick. The sink will be farmhouse apron front sink.

Here is a picture of the design concept:

Can't wait to share more with you...



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